Brandon and Fr. Blake, both native Floridians, are proud of their home state, especially the sacred ground of St. Augustine. Founded in 1565, it’s not only the oldest city in the United States but the site of the country’s first recorded Catholic Mass. It also includes the “sacred acre,” home to the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche and the site of martyrdom for several of the Florida Martyrs, whose cause for canonization has recently begun. Listen as Fr. Blake and Brandon share some of these incredible stories and why this great city of St. Augustine, bathed in Catholic history, is worth a visit.
Books + Resources
- The Cross in the Sand: The Early Catholic Church in Florida, 1513-1870 by Michael Gannon
- The Florida Martyrs: Compelled by Compassion by Eric Olson
- The Martyrs of La Florida: A Heroic Story of Catholic Faith (graphic novel)